After weeks of suggesting that Drake had been sending subliminals his way, Joe Budden had had enough. On Thursday night, he fully went for it, dropping the six-and-a-half-minute dis track "Making a Murderer (Part 1)."
If you've been following Joe's "I'll Name This Podcast Later" at all lately, you'll know some of the backstory: Budden critiqued Drake's Views in May, saying he sounded uninspired. A week later, French Montana posted a video of himself and Drake with a snippet of a song where Aubrey raps, "Pump, pump, pump it up," which led Joe to speculate that the verse may be about him (Budden's 2003 breakout hit was called "Pump It Up"). Then, earlier this month, Drake dropped "4PM in Calabasas," which Joey felt contained a litany of subliminals directed at him — and he dissected them as such on the podcast.
Which brings us to last night, and "Making a Murderer (Part 1)." It's a lengthy invective aimed at the rap titan, which uses both old footage of a conversation between the two and pointed lyrics to make its point. And — gasp — it actually calls him out by name.
The bits of conversation we hear between Joe and Drake are lifted from a 2009 clip on JoeBuddenTV, where, in a strange bit of foreshadowing, Joe is pressing the upstart rapper (So Far Gone had been out for just two months) about how he'd handle a beef. It was a question both inspired by Joey's own affinity for and history of battling on wax, and by Drake's "Successful" lyric, "Dis me and you'll never hear a reply for it."
Of course, we've heard that stance evolve over time, notably with his feud with Meek Mill last year.
"I’m not addressing Drake, or addressing Meek because I am malicious toward either of them or I wish either one of them harm or ill will,” Joe told Pitchfork when the track dropped. “I am celebrating hip-hop. I want the people who I deem -- I want the people who are talented to be talented.”
That's an outlook he doubled down on during a new episode of his podcast, which dropped shortly after the song itself. On it, he delves a bit deeper into why he decided to act — because he always strikes first and doesn't play "prevent" defense — while also reiterating that he wishes no ill will upon Drake.
He says he dropped the song simply because he wanted to, and because he could (he was stressing how he's not tied to any label or other party that would hold him back). He also explains that his decision to put it out the same day as his Fabolous and Tory Lanez–assisted single, "Flex," was, indeed, an intentional one.
As for whether or not he thinks Aubrey will respond? He said he doesn't care, and he doesn't think he will. But this dude loves the sport of it all, and it sure sounds like he wouldn't mind if he did.